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Self-sufficient removal

Self-driving electric haulers could soon be hitting railway tracks. Meanwhile, an American startup has developed a system which removes CO2 from the atmosphere during rail traffic. Air flows in through an aperture on top of a container car stationed in between track vehicles. The CO2 is extracted and stored within a chamber, with clean air flowing out through the...

Expanded access

Hairdressing salons are finding new clients thanks to this app created in Toronto. Meanwhile, international startups offering technology-based solutions and looking to expand their business into North America can get assistance from this Toronto-based non-profit-organisation. Startups are eligible as long as they are financially stable and willing to relocate to Canada. First step is to establish whether there is...

Airy access

Covering California's canal system with solar panels will save on valuable water resources. A Tunisian startup, meanwhile, has developed a solar-powered device that turns wet air into water. In high-humidity areas where clean drinking water is scarce, the firm's metre-high machine could produce up to 30 litres per day. First, air is sucked into the machine's head before being...

Intensified promotion

Ballet is becoming more diverse, so too our evening entertainment. To ensure that Black people are successful in the innovation sector, an American organisation founded in 2020 is building a network of local initiatives. Advancing the careers of 1 million people of colour. Especially founders of fast scaling technology firms, heads of profitable small- and medium-sized companies and creative...

Continental encouragement

Mobile batteries are providing electricity to people in Nigeria. And this organisation is offering African girls and women mentoring and support to increase their skills in the technology sector. The female founder, a financial expert, is calling on her years of experience assisting African people abroad. Her team holds startup conferences in Africa at which women can meet specialists...

Attractive solution

Poisonous substances can be removed from the soil, while magnetic solutions free water from uranium and microplastics. Now, a research team from Washington State’s Energy Ministry has succeeded in extracting lithium from water used in industrial processes. The smallest minerals are attracted to reusable nanoparticles, because they are encased in a magnetic shell. The loaded particles are then extracted...

Whale of a time

The hearing-impaired community can safely navigate cities with apps. Birds have natural GPS, while elephant-nose fish create electric fields to avoid obstacles. Now a Massachusetts-based science centre is taking endangered right whales by the proverbial fin. Smart buoys are being installed off two of America’s busiest shipping ports on the Atlanatic coast to record the mammals’ acoustic signals and...

Moving generation

Seawater provides for nomads and makes lamps shine bright. Miniature wind turbines in the ocean are equally productive. A Swedish company is using waves of 50 cm and higher to generate electricity. For environmental reasons, floating elements are attached to old jetties or breakwaters, and then connected with hydraulic pistons. The biodegradable liquid in the pistons is compressed by...

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